D.C. Jewish Community Center Volunteers Help On The Holidays | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

D.C. Jewish Community Center Volunteers Help On The Holidays

Play associated audio
Jazz West (left) wraps presents with her mother Tracy Martinez (right) at the D.C. Jewish Community Center.  The presents were to be delivered to families at a women's shelter.
Rebecca Blatt
Jazz West (left) wraps presents with her mother Tracy Martinez (right) at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. The presents were to be delivered to families at a women's shelter.

In the past few weeks, volunteers at the DC JCC have wrapped more than 1,500 presents to be delivered to homeless shelters and senior centers across the region today.

Tracy Martinez brought her daughter to help pack up gifts for families at a women's shelter.

"It helps remind her that not all children are as blessed as she is," says Martinez.

Erica Steen, D.C. JCC's director of community service, says the holiday tradition was started by a few volunteers 25 years ago.

"The typical joke is that the only thing for Jews to do on Christmas is to go for Chinese food and a movie," she says. "These young professionals decided that they wanted to go volunteer and give back to the community."

This year JCC volunteers of many faith backgrounds will also serve meals, host a blood drive and throw holiday parties for families in need.

NPR

Ann Meara, Half Of Husband-Wife Comedy Team, Dies At 85

Ann Meara died Saturday in New York. She had a long varied career in show business and was one half of the 1960s comedy duo, Stiller and Meara. She was marred to Jerry Stiller. Her son is Ben Stiller.
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.
NPR

For Aspiring Artists, Social Media Can Get Fans Too Close For Comfort

The power of social media is that aspiring artists can essentially invite fans into their living rooms, but fans can sometimes overstay their welcome.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.